And thus closes the decade long run of the greatest X-Factor scribe in the 262 issue run of this title, Peter David.
Although the final arc, The End of X-Factor, was just the tying up of loose ends for each character's respective story lines following Hell on Earth War, it was very much on Peter David's terms.
Always a man beholden to building strong characters and telling the intricacies of their stories, this final X-Factor tale was a last visit with Layla Miller and Jamie Madrox before they step back from the superhero business to raise a family. Certainly not the way most comic book series end, but pretty much what you would expect from Peter David.
Thanks to David we saw X-Factor run probably seven or eight years longer than most people would have expected. We saw him revive this series from the dead with the Madrox mini-series in 2004. We saw him build the character of Jamie Madrox into not only a legitimate hero/protagonist, but also into a great leader of one of the most unorthodox X-teams ever. We got to know and love his new characters, Darwin, M, Layla, and we enjoyed the hell out of how he wrote old favorites like Pip, Siryn, Wolfsbane, Rictor, Longshot, Shatterstar, Strong Guy and so many others.
While X-Factor was a modest selling book, to put it kindly, it was the type of title that never lost a reader. There weren't many of us (about 15k by Diamond Distributor counts), but once you tried X-Factor and got hooked, you never wanted to leave these characters' world, and all of that was thanks to Peter David.
It's possible that David will be best remembered for his runs on The Incredible Hulk or Aquaman, but for many of us devoted X-Factor fans, this will always be the book that feels like home.
Thanks for an amazing decade-long run Mr. David, and I'll follow you wherever you go next.
P.S. - Incidentally, the first letter I ever had printed in a comic book was regarding Madrox's death way back in X-Factor during the 90s, so this book, and particularly the character of Jamie Madrox, hold a special place in my heart. Very sad to see this book end.